Lost City

Lost City

“Lost City” are simple words in the mind of every hiker who visit South America.

Explore the scenic backcountry of Colombia on a 4- or 5-day trek to this legendary site, hidden deep in the dense jungle. You’ll hike 29 miles (47 kilometers) passing unspoiled waterfalls and rivers along the way, eventually reaching this amazing archaeological treasure built by the Tayrona Indians between the 11th and 14th Century in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.


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Day 1. Santa Marta – Camp Site #1

After collecting you at your hotel in Santa Marta, we will ride in a jeep for about 45 minutes on the highway. We will stop at a convenience store to buy snacks and drinks, and from there, we turn off the highway, up a dirt track into the mountains. After arriving in Machete, we will have lunch and then have a short swim to cool off. Then we hike a steep uphill grade for around 45 minutes before a long descent into the valley where Adán, the first campsite, is located.

(L& D/ ½ day hiking to Adán – 7.6 km (4.7 mi) 
1,900 ft ascent, 900 ft descent)

Day 2. Adan- Camp site # 3

The 15 kms route starts along the Buritaca River, taking you further into the vivid green jungle past small villages en route to the evening campsite. We will walk uphill and across some beautiful terrain, including some local farms. After a jump in a swimming hole and lunch at Wiwa Camp (Camp Site #2) we will continue to Paraiso Camp (Camp Site #3), located only 1km downhill from the Lost City. Today’s journey takes you through a varied landscape, deeper into the tropical jungle, across rivers and past a couple of Kogi villages.

(B,L,D/14.7 km -9.1 mi  3500 ft ascent, 2000 ft descent)

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Day 3. The Lost City

We will wake up at about 430A.M so we can can set off at dawn and enjoy the Lost City in the softest light and coolest air possible. After a short walk from the campsite, we will reach the 1,200 stone stairs that ascend to the terraces of the city above. Climbing the steps, we will reach the lower chambers of Teyuna, also known as The Lost City. It is believed that this was a capital city built by the Tayrona civilization in 800 A.D., approximately 600 years before the Incas built Machu Picchu in Peru. After visiting the Lost City, we’ll return to El Paraiso for a quick lunch before heading to Campsite #2 for overnight.

(B,L,D/12 km -7.5 miles,  1800 ft ascent, 3500 ft descent)

Day 4. Camp Site # 2 – Santa Marta

We will start early again, since much of the trail is unshaded, and therefore becomes quite hot. After a stop for fruit at the first campsite and a jump in the swimming hole, we’ll find ourselves back where we began, in Machete, for lunch.      We will drive back to Santa Marta to end this exciting trek, feel free to check mark “Lost City Colombia” in your thoughts.

(B,L/½ day hiking to El Mamey,Return to Santa Marta
12.7 km (7.9 mi) 2200 ft ascent, 3000 ft descent

Ciudad Perdida

Tour info

Unlike other treks, there is no porter service in this trek, so all your personal belongins will be carried by you!
Please don’t take more than 6 kilos in your backpack.

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The area of the Northern part of Colombia has 2 very different seasons: “winter” (rainy season) and “summer” (drought) .
From the middle of May until September you can count on heavy rain in the Sierra Nevada where the Lost City trek takes place.
Don’t let this stop you from taking this trek and travelers actually seem to like it, simply keep it in mind as an extra challenge.
If you think it is going to be quite difficult then consider taking it in the dry season.
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COP 2.150.000 /  all inclusive. Book with only US$ 33 and pay the balance on the same day of departure. 

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It is not a walk in the park!
It’s a challenging jungle trek – not for the black out fainted.
This trek is a physical challenge but 90% humidity and hot conditions make them way more difficult.
You will find clear spots but mud is an issue especially in rainy season.
4-5 days like that? By the end of the trek, you will be really proud!

We provide everything in the 4 days. Car transfers are made in a Toyota for 6 people each. 

We can also arrange your flights IN & OUT Santa Marta. 

The accommodation and food spaces belong to the local communities, we collaborate together to provide a quality service, however they are independent and the standards of the facilities depends exclusively on them.
Bunks and hammocks are provided in the tour.

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  • Accommodation
    3 night(s) in rustic shelter camps with hammock/bunk beds


    Travel by Private vehicles, foot.


    As outlined in the itinerary (B,L,D)

    Entrance fee to Ciudad Perdida

    Luggage storage at our office in Santa Marta. 
    Indigenous Local Guide

  • Gratuities

    Hotel in Santa Marta or surroundings.

    Porter to carry your bags

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